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when applied to psychological problems is the theory that some conditions such as anxiety are passed on through the generations. It is one of the central concepts found in the larger family systems theory which suggests that unconsciously humans passing on of a higher level of anxiety, which supersedes the adaptive thinking and behaviours to member in each generation.

MULTIGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION PROCESS: "The multigenerational transmission process is the belief that some traits within families are passed down the generations, such as anxiety and some personality traits as well."

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